disdain
I. noun Etymology: Middle English desdeyne, from Anglo-French desdaign, from desdeigner Date: 14th century a feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior ; scorn II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English desdeynen, from Anglo-French desdeigner, dedeigner, from Vulgar Latin *disdignare, from Latin dis- + dignare to deign — more at deign Date: 14th century 1. to look on with scorn <
disdained him as a coward
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2. to refuse or abstain from because of disdain <
disdained to answer their questions
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3. to treat as beneath one's notice or dignity Synonyms: see despise

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  • Disdain — Dis*dain (?; 277), n. [OE. desdain, disdein, OF. desdein, desdaing, F. d[ e]dain, fr. the verb. See {Disdain}, v. t.] 1. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn. [1913 Webster] How my soul… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disdain — Dis*dain (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disdained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disdaining}.] [OE. disdainen, desdainen, OF. desdeigner, desdaigner, F. d[ e]daigner; des (L. dis ) + daigner to deign, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy. See {Deign}.] 1. To think… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disdain — (or disdainment or disdainfully) is a feeling of contempt or scorn. Disdain may also refer to:* So Disdained 1928 novel by Nevil Shute …   Wikipedia

  • disdain — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. desdeignier disdain, scorn, refuse, repudiate, from des do the opposite of (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + deignier treat as worthy (see DEIGN (Cf. deign)). The noun is mid 14c., desdegne, earlier dedeyne (c.1300). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • disdain — n scorn, despite, contempt (see under DESPISE) Analogous words: aversion, *antipathy: insolence, superciliousness, arrogance (see corresponding adjectives at PROUD) Contrasted words: *regard, admiration, respect, esteem: *reverence, awe, fear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disdain — [n] hate; indifference antipathy, arrogance, aversion, contempt, contumely, deri sion, despisal, despisement, despite, dislike, disparagement, hatred, haughtiness, hauteur, insolence, loftiness, pride, ridicule, scorn, sneering, snobbishness,… …   New thesaurus

  • disdain — ► NOUN ▪ the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one s consideration or respect. ► VERB ▪ consider with disdain. ORIGIN Old French desdeign, from Latin dedignari consider unworthy …   English terms dictionary

  • Disdain — Dis*dain , v. i. To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty. [1913 Webster] And when the chief priests and scribes saw the marvels that he did . . . they disdained. Genevan Testament (Matt. xxi. 15). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disdain — I noun abhorrence, abjuration, abnegation, act of despising, act of discrediting, act of loathing, act of scorning, act of shunning, act of spurning, act of taunting, airs, arrogance, contempt, contemptio, contemptuousness, contumeliousness,… …   Law dictionary

  • disdain — [dis dān′] vt. [ME disdeinen < OFr desdaignier < VL * disdignare, for LL dedignare < L dedignari < dis , DIS + dignari: see DEIGN] to regard or treat as unworthy or beneath one s dignity; specif., to refuse or reject with aloof… …   English World dictionary

  • disdain — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ utter ▪ obvious ▪ aristocratic, haughty, snobbish, snooty (informal, esp. AmE …   Collocations dictionary

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